The construction of a Ukrainian military corvette has begun in Turkey, which Ukraine will receive by the end of 2023. President Volodymyr Zelensky said this during a briefing on the occasion of the celebration of the Day of Ukrainian Naval Forces in Odesa.
"Our Turkish friends also actively support the development of the naval forces of the Ukrainian Navy. The first hull of our modern corvette has already been laid in Turkey and will be completed in Ukraine by the end of 2023," the president said.
He also noted that soon Ukraine will receive Turkish Bayraktar drones, which will be handed over to the Ukrainian naval aviation.
"The movement to strengthen our naval aviation is successful. We expect to receive modern and efficient Bayraktar drones soon," Zelensky said.
According to him, the Ukrainian military who will use these drones are already completing their training in Turkey.
Meanwhile, Ukraine celebrates the Day of Ukrainian Naval Forces. This year, it is marked on July 4.
For the first time ever, the Day of Ukrainian Naval Forces was celebrated on August 1, 1997. This day often occurred on working days and violated the fleet traditions. Meanwhile, such data was chosen not by accident, exactly on this day, the former vessels of the Black Sea Fleet of the Soviet Navy entered the structure of the Naval Forces of Ukraine and solemnly raised the military-naval flags of Ukraine.